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BioInform's Licensing Roundup: May's Software and IT Deals

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Japan's Riken Omics Science Center has licensed CLC Bio's enterprise platform for analyzing genomics data.

Scientists at the OSC will use the software for their own work, and it will also power the center's Genome Network Analysis Service.


Strand Life Sciences has licensed its Genomics Reviewer Desktop to the US Food and Drug Administration.

FDA reviewers will use the software to manage and analyze pharmacogenomic data submitted through its Voluntary Exploratory Data Submissions program.

GRD will be integrated with third-party software tools as well as ArrayTrack, a platform developed by the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research for managing, analyzing, and interpreting microarray gene expression data.


Dotmatics has licensed its Vortex and Browser software to Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall. The company has also licensed its entire software suite — comprising Browser, Vortex, Studies, Register, Gateway, Pinpoint, and Nucleus — to the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research.

Johannes Floeckner, head of R&D information systems at Almirall, said in a statement that the firm "will continue to work with Dotmatics to explore other possible uses for their solutions."


Isilon Systems announced that Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Genomics Institute and Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences has deployed Isilon's IQ X-Series of network-attached storage as the primary repository for its next-generation DNA sequencing and analysis workflow.

The institute is using the system to create a centralized web portal for researchers from different locations to simultaneously access its genomic data stores, Isilon said.


The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences is using Definiens' TissueStudio and Developer XD to image analysis software in a liver toxicology study.

The researchers will use the software to develop an application that automatically analyzes images of liver tissue slides in order to identify and quantify apoptotic nuclei.

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